‘Super Smash Bros.’ tourney raises funds for cancer foundation

October 27, 2016


Staff Reporter | kjk019@latech.edu




Pink shirts, pink ribbons and pink hair were all present at a Monroe comic shop for its fourth “Super Smash Bros.” tournament.


On the afternoon of Oct. 23, “Smash” players from both Louisiana Tech and University of Louisiana at Monroe gathered at Clint’s Comics for a tournament raising awareness for breast cancer. The participants competed to become the champion of the fighting video game featuring Nintendo characters. All of the entrance fees from the event were donated to the American Cancer Foundation.


Paul McGee, assistant tournament organizer, said this was the fourth event of its kind to be held at Clint’s Comics, but the first held for a cause.


“We thought since it’s coming back in October we wanted to start it back with a bang, and October is breast cancer awareness month,” said the senior computer science major at ULM. “We wanted to show a ‘gaming for a cause’ type of thing.”


The participants raised $105 in donations for the American Cancer Foundation.


McGee said the tournament was an opportunity not only to raise awareness for a cause, but also to raise awareness of people with similar interests in the same area.


“I like that it gives people a social outlet,” he said. “It’s an area where there are two colleges — there’s Tech, there’s ULM. And through this community, through the tournaments we’ve done, a lot of players from Louisiana Tech and ULM have met and become friends.”


McGee said the connection of players from different schools fostered a friendly rivalry.


“Even though there’s kind of a competition between the two schools, there’s also friendship there,” he said. “I think that’s really cool and motivating.”


Matthew Brandl, a senior computer science major from Tech, said the tournament was beneficial to all involved.


“I think it’s just a good congregation of people meeting up with similar interests, and we’re all banding together for a good cause at the end of the day,” he said. “So I think it’s just all together a plus for everyone.”


Devin Caffarel won the tournament, playing as the iconic villain Bowser. The freshman electrical engineering major said the tournament provided entertainment with a purpose.


“It’s really nice to just know that we’re coming together, having fun, and all the money we put up to have fun is going toward a good cause,” he said.


Caffarel said the games often became intense.


“You get your adrenaline pumping; your hands shake after every match if it’s close,” he said.


Caffarel said the intensity of the game did not detract from the community of the players.


“The whole fighting game community, it’s accepting to new players,” he said. “It’s just really open for anyone of any skill level to just hop in and play a few games with some other guys who really enjoy playing the game.”


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